Alonda Washburn - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Tue, 23 May 2017 07:43:26 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Love You Found Me by Paul Brown http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/love-you-found-me-by-paul-brown.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/love-you-found-me-by-paul-brown.html Multiple Grammy-Award winning guitarist, singer and producer Paul Brown has the Midas tough. With over 50 #1 smooth jazz radio hits credit, the innovative guitar God has engineered and produced for virtually every top contemporary jazz artist during the past two decades. Brown's talents have been summoned by such luminaries as George Benson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Luther Vandross and Kirk Whalum among countless others. Featuring Paul's soulful vocal smash, 'Love You Found Me,' 'T
Multiple Grammy-Award winning guitarist, singer and producer Paul Brown has the Midas tough. With over 50 #1 smooth jazz radio hits credit, the innovative guitar God has engineered and produced for virtually every top contemporary jazz artist during the past two decades. Brown's talents have been summoned by such luminaries as George Benson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Luther Vandross and Kirk Whalum among countless others. Featuring Paul's soulful vocal smash, 'Love You Found Me,' 'Toast and Jam,' 'Sugarfish' and more!! Paul Brown is the most prolific hit maker in the history of Smooth Jazz. -Shanachie I'm particularly proud of this CD. I feel that it expresses my true musical self. My best yet. It is a real reflection of my musical influences. Folk, rock, blues and jazz all mixed together. I do not think that the elements that make up good music have changed since the beginning of time - good melody and good changes are essential. The performance is very important and you have to make the melody come alive somehow. From a production point of view, matching the song and artist is always a magical thing. If it ain't right, it ain't right, ya dig?" says Paul Brown. Brown has had the rare distinction of topping the charts simultaneously as both an artist and producer, understand a thing or two about making enjoyable and enduring recordings. Love You Found Me, has all the ingredients to lead Brown to the top of the charts once again. Danny Weiss says he knew that Paul Brown was the most successful producer in the history of smooth jazz, and that his superb guitar playing was well recognized. What got Weiss attentions was Brown's soulful voice. Browns crossover appeal is tremendous - he's a real treasure" waiting to be discovered," says Weiss. Shanachien says that Love You Found Me represents the first time that Brown has ever allowed anyone to produce his vocals. "Well it's kind of funny but, my wife Jacqui and I in thirty years have never has a musical conversation. She actually came out to the studio and produced my vocals for this CD. I think it changed the outcome for the better - big time. It is nice to have a producer and that was the first time I've had one as an artist," words of Paul Brown himself. Brown turns an ordinary guitar into a jazzy one, and you'll never know the difference. His Gibson L5 basically gave Brown his instrumental trademark voice. "Love You Found Me, showcases the versatility and many sides of Paul Brown's creative genius. It has it all from uptempo danceable grooves and mind-bending bluesy funky romps to longing ballads and seductive love calls. The CD opens with 'Sugarfish,' a sweet free flowing ditty that combines the best of Brown's R&B and jazz influences in the way George Benson's 1976 classic 'Breezin' does... Brown bares his heart and soul on the memorable title track that has the vibe of some of James Taylor's timeless and classic love songs. His bluesy solos and guitar interplay perfectly echoes the sentiment of his vocals. Brown also does double duty on the smoldering country inflected ballad 'The One You Lean On,' featuring keyboardist Phillipe Saisse and the seductive 'End of the Day.' The final track, "Shine Shoes" is "the show-stopper, featuring the sublime vocals of Al Jarreau. It's hard to imagine what smooth jazz would sound like without the powerful, R&B driven sound that Paul Brown has blessed the contemporary jazz world with," quoted from Shanachie's review. Paul Brown is THE Smooth Jazz Guy.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:00:00 -0500
Fat Doggie by Greg Alper Band http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/fat-doggie-by-greg-alper-band.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/fat-doggie-by-greg-alper-band.html Recorded in 1978, Fat Doggie is a genre-defying fusion of jazz, funk, disco, soul and Latin. Solid rhythm section, tight horns, great tunes. Imagine Average White Band, Santana, James Brown, Albert Ayler and Tower of Power all on one album! The Greg Alper Band featured the finest jazz players in New York, including Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra, Brecker Bros), Chuck Loeb (Bob James, Fourplay) and Ray Anderson (Best Trombonist: Down Beat magazine critics poll 1987-91).The disco-infused funk opening

"Recorded in 1978, Fat Doggie is a genre-defying fusion of jazz, funk, disco, soul and Latin. Solid rhythm section, tight horns, great tunes. Imagine Average White Band, Santana, James Brown, Albert Ayler and Tower of Power all on one album! The Greg Alper Band featured the finest jazz players in New York, including Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra, Brecker Bros), Chuck Loeb (Bob James, Fourplay) and Ray Anderson (Best Trombonist: Down Beat magazine critics poll 1987-91).

The disco-infused funk opening cut "Hole in Your Pocket" was a dance floor classic. The combustible "Give it Up" is a scorching, tightly-syncopated funk workout that wouldn’t sound out of place on a vintage Tower of Power album. The mellower mid-paced Latin grooved bonus track "Many Moods" features exquisite horn parts, lit by celestial shimmering guitar accompaniment.

The original release elicited positive press reviews including Rolling Stone which said “...all in all this music has something that everyone will love” as well as Billboard’s “Top Album Picks.” In recent years, the hard-to-find Fat Doggie album has become something of a cult collectable with groove spotters, DJs and jazz-funk disciples the world over. Remastered at Abbey Road Studios using the original source tapes, Fat Doggie has once again been unleashed from the "kennel" according to record label First Hand Records.

This album was produced by Dan Doyle; co-produced by Mark Bingham; engineered by Joe Arlotta. The track "Hole in Your Pocket" is "a heart-warming chant about romantic prospects on a budget. Ray Anderson sings his heart out with his funky, humorous interpretation of the lyric. Horns echo the sentiment and then trade fours, exchanging stories of romance in tough times. Al Chalk delivers a classic funk interpretation of a man's frustration with his lady friend. The band rollicks in James Brown style behind him" (Gregory Alper).

This album is extremely energetic with "a rowdy round in 6/4. Three men wailing the funk. Ray is at his funkiest, wildest and grooviest--a unique voice on his instrument" in track 4, Three's a Crowd. Also, in track 6, The Cantatta Baratta. "A playful expression in 7/4. Theme and extrapolations with multiple simultaneous melodies, wind around and through this groove" (Gregory Alper). The final piece, "a sweet playful chase over a 14-count phrase. Steve's lilting solo teases us with the promise of further adventure" (Gregory Alper).

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Fusion - CD Reviews Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:00:00 -0500
Backatcha! by Walter Beasley http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/backatcha-by-walter-beasley.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/backatcha-by-walter-beasley.html This is Walter Beasley's fifteenth album which was released on October twenty-six of 2010. This album was produced by Chris "Big Dog" Davis and Phil Davis. Walter Beasley is a best-selling contemporary jazz artist of today. He is a recording artist, performer, full professor at Berklee College of Music, performance consultant, and music entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Affable Publishing and Affable Records) who hit number one on the contemporary jazz charts. He plays the soprano/alto saxophone

This is Walter Beasley's fifteenth album which was released on October twenty-six of 2010. This album was produced by Chris "Big Dog" Davis and Phil Davis. Walter Beasley is a best-selling contemporary jazz artist of today.

He is a recording artist, performer, full professor at Berklee College of Music, performance consultant, and music entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Affable Publishing and Affable Records) who hit number one on the contemporary jazz charts. He plays the soprano/alto saxophone as well as sings. His performance genres includes R&B instrumental, vocal jazz, and contemporary jazz. His musical influences are: Grover Washington, Jr., Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Cannonball Adderley, Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Peabo Bryson, David Sanborn, and Michael Ruff. He has sold over 800,000 albums during his career. As mentioned in previous reviews/bios, he is one of the few jazz musicians who plays as well as sings and hit top ten records numerous times.

This album brings together many facets of Walter's wide-ranging artistry--rock solid grooves,inventive soloing, an absolutely exquisite tone, and uncanny synthesis of jazz and R&B and, on one track--Bill Withers' "Lovely Day"-- an effortlessly seductive vocal. "Lovely Day", is the start of this marvelous combination of tracks in which "the first four shows Walter's versatility." Of those tracks are "Expressway", the second track, which was written by producer Chris Davis. Then follows a crafty interpretation of Isaac Hayes' "Ellie's Theme". The fourth track then is perfectly weaved into the mix, a smooth version of The Five Stairsteps' "OohChild". This album reflects Walter's great taste and heart in jazz music which surrounds music such as "straight-ahead jazz and fusion to R&B and hip-hop". As mentioned in previous reviews/bios, "Unlike many jazz musicians, Beasley does not disdain any styles but utilizes any number of genres as a source of inspiration. For instance, he takes rap artist Drake's recent hit "Find Your love" and turns it into a moody atmospheric mid-tempo piece. On the other hand, for sheer beauty and lyricism, it would be hard to top Walter's sensitive playing on his original composition "simply Put".

As also mentioned, "With Backatcha! Walter has matched his previous peaks and delivered what in this era of single-track downloads is a rarity--a true album experience. No doubt "Lovely Day" the first single from Backatcha! will join Walter's list of hits, but years hence, when the chart numbers are forgotten, Backatcha! will stand as one the the finest artistic statements to hit the contemporary jazz scene in many years".

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:00:00 -0500
Janet Planet Songs The Bob Dylan Songbook Vol. 1 by Janet Planet http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/janet-planet-songs-the-bob-dylan-songbook-vol.-1-by-janet-planet.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/janet-planet-songs-the-bob-dylan-songbook-vol.-1-by-janet-planet.html Janet Planet has been a jazz musician for over twenty-five years. Words taken from her pres kit, "She is a productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician. She has been self-produced and managed for the majority or her career. Jazziz Magazine hailed her as a 'Voice of the New Jazz Culture...amazingly powerful with seemingly limitless expression'." In her biography it states that she has performed with legends such as Jackie and Roy, George Benson, and her mentor Nancy King, and sha

Janet Planet has been a jazz musician for over twenty-five years. Words taken from her pres kit, "She is a productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician. She has been self-produced and managed for the majority or her career. Jazziz Magazine hailed her as a 'Voice of the New Jazz Culture...amazingly powerful with seemingly limitless expression'."

In her biography it states that she has performed with legends such as Jackie and Roy, George Benson, and her mentor Nancy King, and shared the stage with many other accomplished jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, John Harmon, Gene Bertoncini, and Marian McPartland. She is also apart of the Tritone Jazz Camp. This album was released September 15th, 2010. Every song was written by Bob Dylan himself. The album was produced by Planet, Kyle Knoke and Planet's husband Tom Washatka. Washatka also recorded and mixed the album. Planet is "a lover of words", and highly enjoyed having the pleasure of singing Bob Dylan's songs. Her statement is as follows, "Regardless of musical penchant, Bob Dylan has been ever present and influencing. His ability to craft a phrase simply and honestly is so plainly poetic it permeates the head and heart. I am a lover of words. And, like many other lyricists inspired singers of their time, Bob's prose inspired me to sing his "songbook."

As it turns out, I became a legitimate Dylan fan only after I tackled, articulated and assimilated his words...wrestled with, tampered with, and slept with his words. I made his words my own so I could pass them on through another set of pipes, another set of standards and yet another view." Planet found much interest in Dylan's artistic vocals because they were "challenging for his melodies posed for a jazz musician." Planet collaborated these songs with Tom Theabo who is the lead guitarist, and Tom Washatka. Words of JazzTimes, "The venerable Planed carves a jaunty path from east to west. Long-familiar destinations sound fresh and new...delightful." Words of TriTone Jazz, "Janet Planet's "Of Thee I Sing," is a very hip trip."

Words of Isobel Neuberger, Rochester Public Radio, "The effervescent and supremely talented Ms. Planet can stylishly sing anything she chooses." Words of Elizabeth Ahlfors, "Many cabaret performers call theselves jazz singers but Janet Planet is the real deal." Lastly, from Rob Lester, "When anyone has asked me, as they often do, what singer have I seen lately who really impressed me, I have one answer. And, it rhymes. Janet Planet."

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:00:00 -0500
L-O-V-E by Issac Delgado http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/latin-jazz-/-latin-funk-cd-reviews/l-o-v-e-by-issac-delgado.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/latin-jazz-/-latin-funk-cd-reviews/l-o-v-e-by-issac-delgado.html This album, by Issac Delgado, is the recreation of the sounds of Nat King Cole in Spanish. The majority of the songs are also on Latin albums of Nat King Cole. The rest are “Cole classics” mixed with Delgado’s own style and elements of Latin Jazz. For the first time ever Freddy Cole does a special contribution for his brother Nat King Cole and along with Delgado. this album is full of “twelve sultry and sexy Spanish recordings originally sung by crooner Nat King Cole.”Words of Fernando Gonzalez,

This album, by Issac Delgado, is the recreation of the sounds of Nat King Cole in Spanish. The majority of the songs are also on Latin albums of Nat King Cole. The rest are “Cole classics” mixed with Delgado’s own style and elements of Latin Jazz. For the first time ever Freddy Cole does a special contribution for his brother Nat King Cole and along with Delgado. this album is full of “twelve sultry and sexy Spanish recordings originally sung by crooner Nat King Cole.”

Words of Fernando Gonzalez, “Well before the concept of “crossover” became a commonplace in music marketing, Nat “King” Cole and his Honduras-born, Spanish-speaking manager, Carlos Gastel made a bold move to expand Cole’s fan base by recording an album of songs from the Latin repertoire — in Spanish. Some of the choices they made were, well, curious, and Cole didn’t speak Spanish and sang the lyrics phonetically (pianist, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés was a vocal coach). But the tracks were recorded in Havana by Cuban musicians and the music sounded true. Cole Español, released in 1958, was a hit. So much so that it inspired Cole, and Capitol, to create a trilogy of Latin albums, following Español with A Mis Amigos (1959), recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while Cole was touring the country, and including three songs in Portuguese, and More Cole Español (1962) recorded in Mexico City. Cuban singer Isaac Delgado’s L-O-V-E is a beautifully executed tribute to Cole en Español.

... perhaps this album might make more people aware of Freddy Cole, an exceptional story teller with a voice that probably can make poetry out of the reading of a software manual. He draws you in and you end up listening to his “Green Eyes” mesmerized, waiting for the next line.”

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Latin Jazz / Latin Funk - CD Reviews Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:00:00 -0600
Heart And Soul by Kenny G. http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/heart-and-soul-by-kenny-g.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/heart-and-soul-by-kenny-g.html Kenny G is one of the most phenomenal smooth jazz musicians known through out history. He has sold over millions of albums and that is just in the United States. He started his solo career in 1982 and in now known worldwide. This album Heart and Soul is produced by Walter Afanasieff and Kenny G. himself. This is a smooth jazz style with a twist of urban with the help of vocal artists Babyface, “No Place Like Home,” and Robin Thicke, “Fall Again."This album is very touching. Robin Thicke’s “Fall

Kenny G is one of the most phenomenal smooth jazz musicians known through out history. He has sold over millions of albums and that is just in the United States. He started his solo career in 1982 and in now known worldwide. This album Heart and Soul is produced by Walter Afanasieff and Kenny G. himself. This is a smooth jazz style with a twist of urban with the help of vocal artists Babyface, “No Place Like Home,” and Robin Thicke, “Fall Again."

This album is very touching. Robin Thicke’s “Fall Again” was composed by Thicke himself for Michael Jackson’s “Invincible” album, which is now the “Ultimate” album. Kenny G’s soprano saxophone was used on most the songs on this album. With the album, Kenny G takes it back a little to the time of high school and he states, “When I think back to my days in high school and my musical start, I get a special feeling and this new recording is my tribute to that feeling.”

By words of HouseofRefuge, “ armed with his renowned saxophone; Kenny dishes out differing mixture of tunes to express that heartfelt gratitude, for all that period which had influenced his life whilst growing up. Such a time when many would rather wish never existed or even mentioned. But Kenny’s ability to look back with a positive outlook has been instrumental in the production of Heart and Soul.” This album is a remarkable album to claim for oneself and a loved one.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600
Songs of Love and Destruction by Elisabeth Lohninger http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/songs-of-love-and-destruction-by-elisabeth-lohninger.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/songs-of-love-and-destruction-by-elisabeth-lohninger.html Elisabeth Lohninger’s album, Songs of Love and Destruction, is full of extremely emotional songs. This album could take the listener on some kind of an emotional rollercoaster ride, but some tend to need something similar to realize that life is what it is. For example; her song, “Save Me” –“Save me from you/But pave me a way to you…/Spoil me with you/and soil me with the world of you.” A singer-songwriter expressed the album best. This album gives the experience “from both sides.” This album is

Elisabeth Lohninger’s album, Songs of Love and Destruction, is full of extremely emotional songs. This album could take the listener on some kind of an emotional rollercoaster ride, but some tend to need something similar to realize that life is what it is. For example; her song, “Save Me” –“Save me from you/But pave me a way to you…/Spoil me with you/and soil me with the world of you.” A singer-songwriter expressed the album best. This album gives the experience “from both sides.” This album is so well put together, it took Lohninger from meditation to meditation. It has taken her years before she finally derived her music from an idea into a tangible thing. Lohninger says, “I find that love in the modern sense is a very fragile concept…” which is why I believe it has taken such harsh meditation.

Lohninger has carefully chosen lyrics and titles to express to her listeners the realistic ideas of how one, modernly “love, lose love, are obsessive, desperate, happy, wise, or foolish in the context of love.”

Lohninger’s voice is perfect for the ideas she attempts to express. She has a warm alto voice and seems very sincere in her music, and she expresses such variety. On this album, there are marvelous percussion solos improvised by the instrumentalists themselves. Also, Lohninger does an amazing duet with the pianist Bruce Barth on “With Every Breath I Take,” and she solos on, “If I Should Lose You.”

Bassist Gregor introduces, “I Fall in Love Too Easily” before following through on a duet with Lohninger. There is an outstanding solo played by guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen on “Save Me.” My favorite instrumentalist on this album is Donny McCaslin. He plays the saxaphone so grand on “Here There and Everywhere,” and “La Puerta.”

These are all overwhelmingly, dedicated musicians. Lohninger hand-picked each one herself to accompany her on this album. She has produced and arranged this album and has allowed these musicians to gain temporary spotlight. Songs of Love and Destruction brings all of Lohninger’s jazz and pop music experiences into focus on her most emotionally complex and memorable album yet.”

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600
Eyes on the Horizon by Barbara Martin http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/eyes-on-the-horizon-by-barbara-martin.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/eyes-on-the-horizon-by-barbara-martin.html Barbara Martin’s CD, Eyes on the Horizon, is a jazz vocals that is marvelously and brilliantly mixed with a combination of swing, ballads, Latin, and a jazz waltz. It has been produced by Barbara Martin herself, as well as co-produced by Mac Walker. Barbara Martin’s songs are originals. She has written each and every song on this CD except for two: “Eyes on the Horizon,” written by Joel Evans, and “Painting a Picture,” written by Mac Walker. Within this CD, Barbara Martin holds on to what some m

Barbara Martin’s CD, Eyes on the Horizon, is a jazz vocals that is marvelously and brilliantly mixed with a combination of swing, ballads, Latin, and a jazz waltz. It has been produced by Barbara Martin herself, as well as co-produced by Mac Walker.

Barbara Martin’s songs are originals. She has written each and every song on this CD except for two: “Eyes on the Horizon,” written by Joel Evans, and “Painting a Picture,” written by Mac Walker. Within this CD, Barbara Martin holds on to what some may call “the old jazz style,” though slightly mixed with a bit of the new, one can hardly notice it.

Unlike some jazz artists these days, Martin refuses to lose that groove. She has a “soulful voice” that fits just right for her songs. Her songs focus on love, relationships, mysteries and life experiences. Every song on this CD is completely full of passion especially, “The Fire Burning in Me,” “One for Me,” and “Painting a Picture.” As stated by Jim Newsom, “Barbara Martin doesn’t just entertain us; she helps us remember how to dream.” Her music delivers waves of joy and happiness. Jim Newsom says they are similar in register and tone to that of Ella Fitzgerald.

Barbara Martin reveals hidden secrets deep within her music; secrets of passion and fulfillment. Listening to this collection of songs will put anyone in the mood to sit back and relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and with hope the moment never ends. One will feel the need to immediately replay it over and over, and over again (as I have) when one reaches the end. One may even find themselves anxiously waiting for the next Barbara Martin CD to enjoy. I guarantee that anyone can and will enjoy this collection of songs by one of the most talented jazz artists.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600
Love You Found Me by Paul Brown http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/love-you-found-me-by-paul-brown.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/love-you-found-me-by-paul-brown.html Love You Found Me by Paul Brown
"Multiple Grammy-Award winning guitarist, singer and producer Paul Brown has the Midas tough. With over 50 #1 smooth jazz radio hits credit, the innovative guitar God has engineered and produced for virtually every top contemporary jazz artist during the past two decades. Brown's talents have been summoned by such luminaries as George Benson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Luther Vandross and Kirk Whalum among countless others. Featuring Paul's soulful vocal smash, 'Love You Found Me,' 'Toast and Jam,' 'Sugarfish' and more!! Paul Brown is the most prolific hit maker in the history of Smooth Jazz. -Shanachie "I'm particularly proud…

"Multiple Grammy-Award winning guitarist, singer and producer Paul Brown has the Midas tough. With over 50 #1 smooth jazz radio hits credit, the innovative guitar God has engineered and produced for virtually every top contemporary jazz artist during the past two decades. Brown's talents have been summoned by such luminaries as George Benson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Luther Vandross and Kirk Whalum among countless others. Featuring Paul's soulful vocal smash, 'Love You Found Me,' 'Toast and Jam,' 'Sugarfish' and more!! Paul Brown is the most prolific hit maker in the history of Smooth Jazz. -Shanachie "I'm particularly proud of this CD. I feel that it expresses my true musical self. My best yet.

It is a real reflection of my musical influences. Folk, rock, blues and jazz all mixed together. I do not think that the elements that make up good music have changed since the beginning of time - good melody and good changes are essential. The performance is very important and you have to make the melody come alive somehow. From a production point of view, matching the song and artist is always a magical thing. If it ain't right, it ain't right, ya dig?" says Paul Brown. Brown has had the rare distinction of topping the charts simultaneously as both an artist and producer, understand a thing or two about making enjoyable and enduring recordings. Love You Found Me, has all the ingredients to lead Brown to the top of the charts once again. Danny Weiss says he knew that Paul Brown was the most successful producer in the history of smooth jazz, and that his superb guitar playing was well recognized. What got Weiss attentions was Brown's soulful voice. Browns crossover appeal is tremendous - he's a real treasure" waiting to be discovered," says Weiss.

Shanachien says that Love You Found Me represents the first time that Brown has ever allowed anyone to produce his vocals. "Well it's kind of funny but, my wife Jacqui and I in thirty years have never has a musical conversation. She actually came out to the studio and produced my vocals for this CD. I think it changed the outcome for the better - big time. It is nice to have a producer and that was the first time I've had one as an artist," words of Paul Brown himself. Brown turns an ordinary guitar into a jazzy one, and you'll never know the difference. His Gibson L5 basically gave Brown his instrumental trademark voice. "Love You Found Me, showcases the versatility and many sides of Paul Brown's creative genius. It has it all from uptempo danceable grooves and mind-bending bluesy funky romps to longing ballads and seductive love calls. The CD opens with 'Sugarfish,' a sweet free flowing ditty that combines the best of Brown's R&B and jazz influences in the way George Benson's 1976 classic 'Breezin' does... Brown bares his heart and soul on the memorable title track that has the vibe of some of James Taylor's timeless and classic love songs. His bluesy solos and guitar interplay perfectly echoes the sentiment of his vocals. Brown also does double duty on the smoldering country inflected ballad 'The One You Lean On,' featuring keyboardist Phillipe Saisse and the seductive 'End of the Day.'

The final track, "Shine Shoes" is "the show-stopper, featuring the sublime vocals of Al Jarreau. It's hard to imagine what smooth jazz would sound like without the powerful, R&B driven sound that Paul Brown has blessed the contemporary jazz world with," quoted from Shanachie's review. Paul Brown is THE Smooth Jazz Guy.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Fri, 13 May 2011 20:16:10 -0500
Songs of Love and Destruction by Elisabeth Lohninger http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/songs-of-love-and-destruction-by-elisabeth-lohninger.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/songs-of-love-and-destruction-by-elisabeth-lohninger.html Elisabeth Lohninger’s album, Songs of Love and Destruction, is full of extremely emotional songs. This album could take the listener on some ki…

Elisabeth Lohninger’s album, Songs of Love and Destruction, is full of extremely emotional songs. This album could take the listener on some kind of an emotional rollercoaster ride, but some tend to need something similar to realize that life is what it is. For example; her song, "Save Me" -"Save me from you/But pave me a way to you.... /Spoil me with you/and soil me with the world of you." A singer-songwriter expressed the album best. This album gives the experience "from both sides." This album is so well put together, it took Lohninger from meditation to meditation. It has taken her years before she finally derived her music from an idea into a tangible thing. Lohninger says, "I find that love in the modern sense is a very fragile concept.... " which is why I believe it has taken such harsh meditation.

Lohninger has carefully chosen lyrics and titles to express to her listeners the realistic ideas of how one, modernly "love, lose love, are obsessive, desperate, happy, wise, or foolish in the context of love."

Lohninger’s voice is perfect for the ideas she attempts to express. She has a warm alto voice and seems very sincere in her music, and she expresses such variety. On this album, there are marvelous percussion solos improvised by the instrumentalists themselves. Also, Lohninger does an amazing duet with the pianist Bruce Barth on "With Every Breath I Take," and she solos on, "If I Should Lose You."

Bassist Gregor introduces, "I Fall in Love Too Easily" before following through on a duet with Lohninger. There is an outstanding solo played by guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen on "Save Me." My favorite instrumentalist on this album is Donny McCaslin. He plays the saxaphone so grand on "Here There and Everywhere," and "La Puerta."

These are all overwhelmingly, dedicated musicians. Lohninger hand-picked each one herself to accompany her on this album. She has produced and arranged this album and has allowed these musicians to gain temporary spotlight. Songs of Love and Destruction brings all of Lohninger’s jazz and pop music experiences into focus on her most emotionally complex and memorable album yet."

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Alonda Washburn) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600